[ ih-mee-dee-uh-tiz-uh m ]
/ ɪˈmi di əˌtɪz əm /

noun U.S. History.

a policy for the immediate abolition of slavery.

Origin of immediatism

First recorded in 1815–25; immediate + -ism

Related forms

im·me·di·a·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for immediatism

  • Their doctrine of immediatism—if we may invent a new term—is always one and the same, and always has been.

    Abolition a Sedition|Geo. W. Donohue
  • These English abolitionists were coming to "immediatism" from 1824, and their influence told in America.

    The Negro and the Nation|George S. Merriam
  • Garrison, consequently rejected gradualism as a weapon, and took up instead the great and quickening doctrine of immediatism.

    William Lloyd Garrison|Archibald H. Grimke